87,000 at risk of utility shut-offs as Oregon ends COVID ban

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Lights out is looming for tens of thousands of Oregonians who are behind on their utility bills.

It's been more than a year since the Oregon Public Utility Commission temporarily suspended the state's power and natural gas utilities from shut-offs due to nonpayment — citing the economic uncertainty spurred by the onrush of the novel coronavirus.